Those We Were

by Running After Rockets

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This EP is our first project. Please consider downloading it and adding it to your digital collection. Follow up album coming soon!

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released May 19, 2012

Jon Andrew Castleberry - lead vocals, guitar
Andy Barksdale - lead guitar, vocals
Joseph Strickland - drums, vocals
Robert Paul III - bass, vocals

Artwork created by Ian Baldwin

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Eric Gay

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We're a trio out of Birmingham, AL.

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Track Name: White Tailed Hind
Is there someone else, or am I talking to myself?
Mistaken words make way into my broken consciousness
The city dies as I try to stay alive
Waves of light make way into my almost shut eyelids

Why would I drive and contemplate life?
I can’t do two things at the same time

And your glory passed me by
in the form of a white tailed hind
as it leapt across the spread of my headlights
And I had to shield my eyes
for the fear that I would die
But I caught a glimpse of white as it passed me by

Are you really here?
Are you a figment of my fear?
Past failed attempts feed fire to my failed attempts to come

The plot can’t progress until the characters get dressed
My actions can’t keep up with the speed of earth’s rotation

Why have I tried to live out a lie when it’s only helping me die?

O white tailed hind, I’m only a man
Share the same space, surely we can’t
In the same light, my frailty is shown
Your beauty does not belong on this road
How did I get here? Where do I stand?
I had no intention to be where I am
Now that I’ve seen you, I can’t help but know
I don’t belong on this road
Track Name: Big Strong Hands
The storm is coming fast
And there’s no use in praying it will pass
It’s far too late to run so we’ll just sit and wait for it to come

My wife and children hide,
‘hind the shower curtain side by side
I try to hold on tight as darkness covers up the sky

These look like big, strong hands
But now they won’t even help me stand
They’ve given up; they’ve given in to the water and the wind
On my own strength I cannot depend
I can’t even save myself;
How can I save them?
These look like big, strong hands

I hear them call my name but I can’t move off all this weight
I can’t remember what the lyrics to this line are

My little daughter cries, and I can’t even look her in the eyes
Helpless, I lay my head, but the real storm is up ahead

That’s what I always thought they were
Until You showed me there’s so much more
All that I’ve tried on my own I can’t
It’s time I placed my life in Your hands

These look like big, strong hands
And they’re the reason that I stand
One nail in each, they pierced the skin
But in three days You lived again
Only on your strength can I depend
You’ve already saved us all
In Your name we win
These look like big, strong
These look like big, strong hands
Track Name: Sidewalk Serenade
I arrived in this city in a caravan
with a heavy heart, an open mind, and a pair of willing hands
What I soon would see would be more than I could take
I took one step and felt my heart as it began to break

So I’ll walk these streets tonight with one eye closed and the other opened wide
One remembering where I have come, and the other one hoping for your will to be done

They’re looking for the answer in this place
They’re hoping that the pleasure outweighs the pain
The streets carry their music as they play
And it creates this sidewalk serenade

So many people crying out in need
They’re giving everything they are for temporary things
The gifts they’ve been given, returned in the wrong place
While beauty and potential lie behind every face

So I’ll walk these streets tonight with one eye closed and the other opened wide
One praying to the father above and the other one looking at my brothers and sisters with love

I might have never set foot here before
But my heart and mind have many times sailed upon this distant shore
Blown in by the wind of the ever tempting song
It sang to me the melody, just forgets what’s wrong

So I’ll walk these streets tonight with one eye closed and the other opened wide
One praising You for what You saved me from and the other one singing a song of grace for all who come

We’re looking for the answer in this place
We’re hoping that the pleasure outweighs the pain
The streets carry our music as we play
And it creates this sidewalk serenade
Track Name: The Men We'll Become
This life, at it’s absolute best, is nothing more than a big mess
of everything that I think and say,
22 years but the contradiction remains

This life I’ll one day leave to the rest,
to you I salute from my head,
full of thoughts I detest
I’ve always hoped I’m not alone

Our hearts speak louder than our words
to the men we are and those we were
There’s a gap between our brains and tongues
There’s a hole in our hearts
where the men we’ll become will find their start

This life, at it’s absolute best, gives nothing more, less I confess
Everything that has made me, me,
it’s always too much, but it’s never enough

This life I’ll one day leave to the rest,
to you I give props from my chest,
full of heart brokenness
I’ve always hoped to crack this code

Heretofore, this civil war has raged and roared inside my veins
But the man I’ll be, he slowly leaves the former me inside his grave
Track Name: West Plains Rain
Grandson drives down thirty five
The grass is dry, no rain in sight
Son-in-law sits on the other side
Wondering if it really happened

They arrive, West Stonehaven Drive
The daughter and granddaughter
Are waiting on the drive
They embrace, the back door opens wide
Husband stand, looks out and he says

We need rain here in West Plains
But the tears could not hide behind his face
Ooh she loved him so, and he knows
But it couldn’t take away the pain

They go inside and wipe their eyes
They settle in, but it just does not feel right
Shut the blinds, just family tonight
Reunite, but there’s one missing

Her sweet smell still in the air
Angels on the wall, her soft green chair
And upstairs the grandson shaves his face
After all, it’s what she’d want

We need rain here in West Plains
Shaving cream and tears roll down his face
Ooh she loved him so, and he knows
But it couldn’t take away the pain

Grandson parks on thirty five
The brown land echoes his heart soul and mind
Family and friends are by their side
Son-in-law realizes it really happened

Under the tent, each takes their chair
The daughter and granddaughter recite the Lord’s Prayer
They say Amen, the casket’s opened wide
Husband stands and says goodbye

And the thunder it clapped, the lightning it struck,
and heaven’s floodgates opened wide

And it rained there in West Plains
With each drop I can hear you say
Ooh I love you so, and I know
That I’ll see you again

We need rain here in West Plains
Heaven’s tears are falling on your grave
Ooh we love you so, and we know
That we’ll see you again
Yeah we’ll see you again
And that’s the only thing that takes away the pain